Lycurgus, by his laws and method of
education, introduced such persuasions as these:
that it is not base to be slaves, rather than honorable; nor honorable to be free, rather than base!
They who died at Thermopylae, died from such principles as these ! And from what other doctrines did
the Athenians leave their city?When the Athenians found themselves unable to resist the forces of the Persians, they left their city; and having removed their wives and children, and their movable effects, to Troezen and Salamis, went on board their ships, and defended the liberty of Greece by their fleet. - C.
And yet they who talk thus marry, and produce
children, and engage in public affairs, and get themselves made priests and prophets. Of whom? Of
gods that have no existence. And they consult the
Pythian priestess, only to hear falsehoods, and interpret the oracles to others. Oh, monstrous impudence
and imposture !
What are you doing, man? What follows is against the Academics, who denied the evide